Palin votes for Gingrich
March 7th, 2012
01:01 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin votes for Gingrich

(CNN) - After playing coy in an interview with CNN's Paul Vercammen Tuesday night, Sarah Palin revealed on Fox Business Network that she voted for Newt Gingrich in Alaska's caucuses on Tuesday.

"Newt is whom I chose up here in Alaska to best represent the ideas that many Alaskans want to see, the preferred presidential candidate in this area. That's who I cast my vote for," Palin said.

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Earlier Tuesday, the former Alaska governor was interviewed by CNN shortly after she voted at a caucus site in Wasilla, but refused to say who she picked in the state's contest.

But later in the evening, she had an apparent change of heart when asked about her vote by Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network.

"I knew you were going to ask me that, and I am just the poorest, politician-sounding pundit. It is tough for me to spin out of a question like that when it comes from a Fox reporter. If it comes from another reporter, I can spin out of it. But since it came from you, I will tell you, I won't sound like a politician and I will tell you who I voted for tonight."

Palin's husband, Todd, endorsed Gingrich in January, and the former governor made headlines shortly before South Carolina's primary when she urged voters to turn out for the House speaker in order to defeat Romney and keep to nominating process going.

On Tuesday, Palin said Gingrich was best equipped to "bust through that radical left dispensation and desire to mistreat those who are defenseless, mistreat those who have disadvantages."

Referring to him as "the cheerful one," a label Gingrich gave himself during CNN's Arizona debate last month, Palin said she appreciates "what he has stood for."

"He has been the underdog in many of these primary races and these caucuses. My preference tonight was for the cheerful one," Palin said.

She added that her husband was an independent and did not vote in the Republican contest on Tuesday.

Palin ran as Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. While McCain is now backing Mitt Romney, Palin said she would support Romney if he were to secure the nomination.

"If Romney is the nominee, I hope I get to stand side by side with John McCain, whom I do respect, stand side by side with him in supporting Romney as our nominee," Palin said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin
soundoff (439 Responses)
  1. DrD

    Who Cares?

    March 7, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. Bert

    who cares who Palin voted for? She spins every question she's asked, anyway, from any reporter, be it Fox News or other networks. She says Gingrich has the best ideas Alaskans want to see? if she is so concerned about Alaskans, she should have remained govenor of Alaska until her term ended, not quit in the middle of it ! Sarah Palin is a non essential in the US politics !

    March 7, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  3. Naira

    Who cares

    March 7, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  4. Hypocrisy Hunter

    So if the question came from a real reporter, with journalistic standards, integrity and common sense, she would have "spun the question", but since it came from what passes for a "reporter" on faux news, she answers it?

    March 7, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  5. jamarsu

    It figures! Why doesn't she just go away.

    March 7, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. Wendy

    What say you mc cain? you should have let her talk more in 2008. revenge time for that mean girl just started and you deserve it

    March 7, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. Toni

    Well, Romney doesn't need a bimbo to support him , she will ruin his reputation of being an intelligent man!

    March 7, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  8. 18E

    Palin Picks Newt. Just goes to show how out of touch the quitter Gov. of Alaska is with her own constituents, for Newt finished DFL in Alaska.on tuesday.

    March 7, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  9. HPNIII

    I would keep a close eye on this lady Mrs. Gingrich, she is pretty hot and you know (but of course you do) how Newt has a sweet tooth for the hotties.

    March 7, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  10. Blu

    "bust through that radical left dispensation and desire to mistreat those who are defenseless, mistreat those who have disadvantages."? Garble-glack-jabberwocky has more semantic content than any words out of this buffoon's mouth

    March 7, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  11. smell the coffee

    "bust through that radical left dispensation and desire to mistreat those who are defenseless, mistreat those who have disadvantages."

    She doesn't know her left from her right.

    March 7, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. 18E

    The quitter Gov. picks the candidate who was DFL. Just show how out of touch Palin is even with her own constituents.

    March 7, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. John B.

    Still proving her idiocy. I'll endorse the guy that is losing in every state but his own.

    Why are they still reporting on this fool?

    March 7, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. Grunthunter

    Good for you Sarah ! Glad to see she recognizes that Newt would be the best candidate to debate Obama and come out on top. Sure he has a lot of 'baggage' behind him but he is definately the most knowledgable on the workings in D.C. and the most capable to hit the floor running. We don't need someone who is going to take a lot of OJT to get started. We have far to many important issues right now that need addressing ...... with the most important .. GETTING RID OF THAT SOCIALIST PRESIDENT WE HAVE IN OFFICE, ALONG WITH all of his CZARS and intire cabinet !

    March 7, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  15. Bystander

    Ha! She picked a loser.

    March 7, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  16. Norm

    The oxygen can't seem to work its way up to Sarah's brain.

    March 7, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  17. Bozzieb

    Of course she backs Newt. Did anyone actually think she might do something that required intelligence?

    March 7, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  18. Mr Johnson

    Do these politicians think because they wear a bling bling american flag pin that anyone with an ounce of patriotism is going to vote solely on the jewelry that a candidate wears. Palin's pins are getting bigger and more bling and every male contender is wearring one "proudly" on their lapel.

    March 7, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Ouch newterman. Only 14% of votes in AK. Better fight your own battles from now on!
    Well deserved though. :). :)

    March 7, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  20. seminolelive

    It is truly hilarious to see how this woman can't see how much she has helped Obama and his administration stay in office.

    Please Sarah. Put your name back in the race...

    March 7, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  21. becer

    I hate to say it, but if McCain would have stayed a POW, we wouldn't be worrying about this basketball t r a m p popping up everywhere.

    March 7, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  22. Tommy Boy

    A Palin endorsement is the kiss of death for any politician. Just ask Mr. McCain.

    March 7, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  23. scott

    newt that was the nail in your coffin brother....better drop out now....

    March 7, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  24. roy

    I wish Palin would just go back to her hide away in Alaska stay there shut up and never be heard from again she can't pick the right time of the day let alone anybody to be a national vice presidental candidate. She's a has been who can't accept the fact she's nothing anymore.

    March 7, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  25. Rac

    Of course Ms Palin voted for Gingrich. Keeping him in the race is the only possible way to get to a brokered convention in which she believes she will be nominated as the compromise candidate. Self-serving to the end.

    March 7, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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